A van hit has hit pedestrians in Barcelona, leaving at least one person dead and dozens injured.
It’s also being reported that the two suspects then entered a Turkish restaurant and took hostages.
At around 4:30pm, a white Fiat Talento drove onto the pavement of Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, crashing into pedestrians between Plaça Catalunya and Gran Teatre del Liceu.
The van was rented by Driss Oukabir, a Spanish citizen of Moroccan origin.
The driver fled as the counter-terror protocol was deployed, despite the Catalan police could not confirm the motive behind the ramming.
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First reports claimed two deaths and dozens of injured people.
Soon after, the suspect number rose to two people, one of whom was the driver, allegedly barricaded inside a restaurant armed with a rifle. EFE claimed the second suspect managed to escape and it was reported that the van was rented in the neighbouring location of Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, among with a similar van which was considered a getaway vehicle and was found by 7:00pm.
El Pais newspapers later contradicted EFE and stated that police sources claimed the two perpetrators of the crash were holed up in a bar in Tallers Street.
In the press conference held by the police at 7:00pm local time, the spokesperson confirmed the terrorist nature of the event, a dead person and 32 injured —10 of those in serious condition. Other sources are claiming the fatality count is 13.
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